Thank You so Much for Making My Campaign a Success!

And that’s a wrap! After a whole lot of preparation and a huge month, my campaign to start up a community teaching space at Karma & Crow Studio Collective has the highly coveted green tick of success. This project has been years in the making and I want to thank you all so much for generously donating as well as getting the word out there. Without you, I could not have made this happen and I am absolutely thrilled and humbled by your support. By donating, sharing my story or supporting me along the way, you have helped me take steps to sustain myself as a maker and contribute to my community in a meaningful way. Thank you so, so much!

Ok, so the green tick of approval is actually white, but it's still awesome!

Ok, so the green tick of approval is actually white, but it's still awesome!

The campaign has been such a wonderful opportunity to connect with long lost friends, family and students and I have even met some new fans. There are a number of people who helped me behind the scenes who I am so lucky to have in my life (you know who you are) and if I haven’t already thanked you enough, thank you some more!

I can't wait to build on my growing collection of precision tools for my students to learn with. When making jewellery, good tools are absolutely crucial. Whoever said that a poor workman blames his (or her) tools obviously hasn't tried to mitre a perfect corner with a blunt file! 

I can't wait to build on my growing collection of precision tools for my students to learn with. When making jewellery, good tools are absolutely crucial. Whoever said that a poor workman blames his (or her) tools obviously hasn't tried to mitre a perfect corner with a blunt file! 

For the next week or so I will be busily chipping away at finishing, wrapping and posting everyone’s orders, then the project can begin. I am elated at the thought of sharing my passion for the hand made with our community. Stay tuned for progress updates and information about the big launch in February, 2018!

Microscope Earrings just after soldering. These little guys will be ready for postage next week.

Microscope Earrings just after soldering. These little guys will be ready for postage next week.

Handmade Jewellery which is Truly One of a Kind - Interlace Studs in the Making

When I first designed my range, Interlace Adornment, I wanted to create an edgy, paired back version of my Plastic Soup exhibition work while continuing to develop my focus on sustainability. Leaving the microplastics aside, the recycled silver collection challenges traditional ideas of jewellery while also being very wearable. I maintained the same asymmetrical, geometric aesthetic and still hand make each piece with no set composition, ensuring that very little metal goes to waste. No two pieces are exactly alike meaning that when you purchase a pair of Interlace Studs they are very much your own.


To make a pair of Interlace studs, I begin by straightening my 2mm recycled silver wire which I then sand and cut into a variety of lengths. I always cut more pieces than I need to give me many options choose from when it comes to constructing the perfect shape. Nothing hinders my ability to create a masterpiece more than running out of sticks.

I begin the process by preparing a collection of tiny silver sticks.

After the lengths of silver are cut, I use a special tool, called a mitering jig, to hold them in place and file each end flat. I remove any excess metal and add them to the pile.

I then give the sticks a refined, geometric look by filing each end perfectly flat.

Once I have a good collection of silver sticks in different lengths, I move over to my soldering bench where the creative part of the process begins. I place the sticks together and the intersecting pairs are fluxed and soldered. I then progressively add more lengths of interlacing silver, positioning them at different angles all the while trying to create balance within each tiny composition. When soldering the lengths of silver, I have to be really careful not to overheat the piece as too much heat usually results in the surface tension of the melted solder pulling all the sticks together into an unsightly clump which means I have to start the piece again. 


The stud shapes are now complete and I choose a surface to attach the post onto, carefully attach it using a solder, then construction is complete.

A much faster version of the soldering process. This is my favourite part as I get to be creative while playing with fire.

After a good long soak in a mild citric acid solution to remove any remaining flux and oxide from soldering, the studs are ready to be cleaned and polished. I meticulously study each one, filing off excess solder and removing all imperfections. They are sanded to remove all file marks and then placed in a tumbler to give the silver a beautiful homogeneous, matte finish.

The final and most labour intensive part of the process is filing and sanding the studs. Though it is a long process, I use the opportunity to catch up on Netflix and podcasts. That's my kind of multitasking!

From there I look at all of the studs and select pairs from the group. Each individual earring I make is unique but I try to pair them to complement each other aesthetically. 

Depending on the piece, I either choose to oxidise the finished earrings, giving them a semi-permanent rich, black surface coating, or leave them with a brushed silver finish. I can never decide which finish I prefer and so I have pinched a pair of each!

Interlace Studs ready to go. No two pairs are exactly alike.

Interlace Studs ready to go. No two pairs are exactly alike.

You can purchase your very own pair of recycled silver Interlace Studs through my Online Shop. They are most certainly made with love.

My Super Exciting News and How You Can Help Make it Happen

As you might have been able to tell, this month I am pretty darn excited! The reason being that, in February next year, I will be starting up jewellery classes from my lovely workshop, Karma & Crow Studio Collective, here in South Australia. The cafe and studio already have such a fantastic community feel which is a great environment to work in and given my teaching background, I really want to give back to our community by sharing my skills and experience. The joy and satisfaction I find in making jewellery just has to be shared with others.

My tool collection for workshops is slowly growing but I need your help to raise funds for more.

My tool collection for workshops is slowly growing but I need your help to raise funds for more.

I have a busy road ahead in order to get the project up and running and would love your help! There are two ways you can help me to set up a wonderful workshop area for my students:

1. Keep an eye out for my Crowd Funding Campaign where I will be offering a whole range of my handmade jewellery as well as exclusive classes as a big thank you for your donation. The campaign will coincide perfectly with your Christmas shopping so you can pick up a beautiful present for  someone special (or yourself) while supporting a local creative (that's me). 

2. If you are a jeweller or hobbyist, you can donate your old (preferably functioning) jewellery tools that you no longer need. I will organise to have them collected, all you need to do is send me a quick email with a photograph of the tools you are willing to donate and your details.

Just add tools and our workshop area will be ready for classes. Photograph courtesy of  Bianca Hoffrichter .

Just add tools and our workshop area will be ready for classes. Photograph courtesy of Bianca Hoffrichter.

Stay tuned for more information about my crowd funding campaign. With your help we can make this happen! 

Private Jewellery Classes @ Karma & Crow Studio Collective

Good news, Adelaide friends! As of this week, I will be running one on one jewellery classes from my studio in Richmond. I will teach you a range of different skills such as how to design, beginner to advanced soldering, filing, sanding, riveting and basic stone setting just to name a few. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced maker wanting to brush up on your skills, contact me to arrange your first class.

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